Well we made it to the end and I couldn't of done it without all my awesome colleagues. I always find that U of R education classes have a great feel to them where relationships and connections can be created and nurtured. I was not expecting the same through an online class, but I could not of been more incorrect. The connections and relationships built through a screen, especially zoom and twitter, were very valuable.
As I am reflecting back through the class I truly feel as though I benefited much greater from everyone in the class much more than the other way around. I did try my best to interact with my peers, but with life being crazy I found this was sometimes a challenge. The google community was the place that I found myself lacking in the most. I got used to checking Twitter very frequently and from their I could quickly get to others blogs and posts that they have shared. But to read what was on the google community I had to remember to check it. Usually by the time I went and checked, others had answered questions. I made it my goal to contribute something on the google community at least once and I met and went above that goal. I found myself sharing my own post and commenting on few others.
When connecting with people on twitter and during the class, I wanted to focus on one thing... Staying positive. I wanted to share the good things that will benefit the individual for the better. Construction criticism can be really great, but sometimes it is nice to share opinions and thoughts that are positive and encouraging. I think by sharing encouraging comments was the best way I contributed to my peers learning!
My personal goal throughout the class was to make sure I connected at least once on everyone in my class. This was a hard task as I found I kept looking back at the same peoples blogs as I was interested in seeing their progress. Also I found that the people I seen sharing more on twitter I found I was drawn to their work. This is exactly why I made this my goal. I focused on commenting at least once on everyone's blog and connecting on twitter was more free.
Now check out the slide show below to see only a few of the interactions I made to my peers through twitter, the google community, and blogs.
One of the most exciting experiences I had on twitter was when I shared my blog post about the app Drop Task and they replied to me then retweeted my post. This was so exciting to see.
Now to end the class off I wanted to do something that could connect my peers in regards to what they have learnt through the course. I initially wanted to include this into my summary of learning, but I ended up taking a whole new turn. I found that this would also be a great way to wrap up the class as well. This is where I went onto twitter using the #edtc300 and asked my class a question. I find that twitter can be awesome, but I know it is easy to miss tweets from people you follow. I was hoping for the best to get a few responses. To up the chance I put the question and link to the tweet on our google community as well.
From here I got multiple replies from my class mates, which I was so happy about. Check out all the awesome responses here.
I am so thankful for this class and their willingness to participate and become included wherever they can. What I found throughout asking this question is that everyone took away something so great and unique from the class that I can truly relate to.
The biggest thing I have learnt and am taking away from the class is to try new things. There are so many cool things out there on the internet, that it shouldn't be scary, but exciting.
Since you have already found my blog, as you are reading this. I have linked all my other colleagues blogs/portfolios down below if you are interested on reading about their experiences.
Thanks to you and everyone for helping me contribute to our learning throughout this class. Another big thank you to @kbhildebrandt for teaching me some more about technology in general and how to bring/teach technology into the classroom. I can't wait to share what I have learnt with my future students.
* Don't forget to take care of yourself - school and life can get stressful, especially when other things are going on. If you are needing some information on mental health, check out this website https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health